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. -- acquitted of plotting to samir nicolas sarkozy. it is 7:00 a.m. and washington, midday in london where world leaders are hammering out a new strategy for afghanistan. opening the conference bridge prime minister gordon brown says this was a decisive time. he said the transfer of the parties to afghans of some provinces should begin later this year. president karzai called on saudi arabia to be involved in the new peace process with the taliban. with more details from the conference - >> lancaster house, london, gordon brown and tom karzai, co- host, arrived together from downing street for the conference seen as a critical watershed for the future of afghanistan. the other host is don king moon, it you and secretary general. but much power lies with hillary clinton, secretary of state of america, sending thousands more troops of afghanistan to try to win the peace. once there, side conversations and exchanges on how to make it work. the lead up to the conference saw a stream of initiatives, sanctions dropped against some taliban leaders, debt relief for afghanistan of billions of dollars and
the tanker, fighting broke out, leaving three dead. one year ago this week, barack obama entered washington in style, by train on his formal inaugural journey. today, as barack obama deals with the realities of government, our correspondent has been retracing the route of that whistles stop tour -- was stopped -- whistle-stop tour. >> they came out to see their man on way to the white house. >> temperatures that were beyond frigid. they stood for hours to get a glimpse of this african-american man who was achieving the great american dream. >> as i prepare to leave for washington on a trip that you made possible -- >> baltimore was 4 days prior and for weeks after -- baltimore was for days prior and for weeks after -- >> i am not going alone. i will be taking you with me. >> baltimore, a largely black and democratic city. many feel the same enthusiasm for the man. >> asking one year later, how do you think barack obama is doing? >> it politicians and pundits sees a clear divide developing -- a politician and pundit sees a clear divide developing. >> the african-american community feels that
. our correspondent in washington. >> i think they are coming closer. i think that is a genuine shift. there is a fear over how close they came in detroit to a real terrorist disaster, so i think there was support for this quite radical change in policy, and i do wonder if president bush was still in office, and if he had announced such a change, and if there would have been some outrage from the left. >> and president obama is just coming up to one year in office. >> yes, he has national security to deal with and all of the policy and the argument over that, but, mike, if you look at the economic news, there were good figures on manufacturing, but otherwise, if you look at the real estate market or jobs, people are living in fear of losing their jobs. >> and what about those key milestones coming up? >> well, we have two coming up. one is just in a couple of weeks' time, and then towards the end of january/beginning of feuary, you also have the state of the union speech. that is where you expect the president to declare that the state of the union is strong. what it will likely point
at the launch party for washington's new rightward leaning web site, the daily quarter. >> fundamentally it is a venture. >> in this crowd of politicians, press, and pundits, you can feel the energy in the sense that political fortunes are fluid again. >> it reads like a who's who of the american right. the big bang, a big party. >> the republican party is an older political party. you can see that the president did very well with black, latino, and young voters, and republicans did well with everyone else. >> how does this party reach out? for one political junkie, the kramer bookstore is a washington institution where we compare at -- got our own panel of republicans. >> we need to bring everyone together. we cater to the senior citizens, that is what our party does, unfortunately. >> the party is perceived as being the party of old, white men. focusing on younger voters is the key. people like ourselves stumbled into the republican party, as opposed to being actively recruited. we need to focus on social media that is appealing to younger voters. >> is a larger problem thawe have to l
there may be more attempts to bomb airliners here. bbc news, washington. >> all of this, of course, amid growing concern about al qaeda's a pair links with yemen. -- apparently experian secretary of state hillary clinton -- >> the instability in yemen is a threat to global stability -- apparent links with yemen. trying to deal with the security concerns, and certainly, we know that this is a difficult set of challenges, but they have to be addressed. >> the secretary of state there in washington. the u.s. has lifted a 22-year ban preventing people with hiv or aids from entering the country. in have been in the 1980's. president obama says they are not compatible with becoming a leader in the fight against the disease -- it happened in the 1980's. russia has given georgia permission to resume air links. the first direct charter flights will start later this week. regular flights will follow soon before more talks between aviation authorities. the bbc has obtained evidence that a faulty computer software may have played a part in the crash of a chin up helicopter in scotland's where 29 peo
, politics in washington it is as bitter and divisive as ever. where is the change, asked impatient americans? now the anger has been turned on the democrats. >>> more on that to come later in the program. the people of haiti today felt a powerful aftershock that lasted several minutes is, -- that lasted several minutes, 6.1 magnitude. terrified people ran into the streets and more buildings collapsed. the eight organizations are still desperately -- aid organizations are still desperately trying to bring in medical supplies. >> katie's biggest hospital. -- haiti's biggest hospital. this neighborhood has been traumatized by terrifying aftershock. >> the staff here are fighting against all odds, trying to fight against this. this woman is trying to give birth and the baby is in the breech position. nearby, this woman had just given birth, a child born into chaos. >> it is chaos. >> the boy is ok? >> the boy is fine. >> another cry for help as staff gives aid to a young woman. they managed to revive her. >> this is a plastic tie for a bag of bread. we will cut the cord with this knife. >> is it
and 7:00 a.m. in washington we're in a few hours president obama will discuss major changes in the way american security services operate in the wake of the failed airline bombing. an al qaeda double agent was a responsible for blowing up seven cia officers and one jordanian at their afghan base last week. more on that in a moment, but first a report on a president who wants answers. >> this is one flight that probably didn't enforce the new security rules, but the president returned from his holiday knowing it is down to him to keep america safe, and he has work to do. first, mr. obama had a lengthy meeting with his top counterterrorism adviser, john brennan, leading the inquiry about how this airplane came so close to blowing up in the sky. the secretary of state will be one at the height meeting -- high-level meeting at the white house. >> we are looking to see if whether the procedures need to be changed, upgraded. we will be meeting with the president to go over our internal reviews and hear what others in our government also have concluded and to take whatever additional steps ne
address, president obama left washington for first test of public opinion. he attended a town hall meeting in florida to question -- and took questions from the audience and announced a high- speed train project. it is part of a bigger plan to create or save thousands of jobs. what are his chances of winning over a skeptical public and a divided congress? our special correspondent in washington. >> what struck me was how much the speech was meant for americans, not the rest of us. it was 15 minutes until the president addressed foreign- policy. even though the u.s. is fighting two wars and struggling to upgrade its national security. my guest believes this is an excellent speech that said that what -- accomplished what it set out to do. >> this was not a speech to get people jumping up and down. we're in the middle of a deep recession. with these two wars going on. he has had serious political setbacks, so he needed to give a speech that would show the public that he was chastened by what had happened, understood the anger out there at the failure to deal with unemployment and other proble
. >> just a little bit earlier. the bbc adam brooks in washington gave us the latest. >> credible reports here in washington sources to people in the intelligence community which tells us that the suicide bomber was actually invited on to the base by the c.i.a. as part of an intelligence gathering operation. we don't have all of the details yet, but it seems that he wasn't searched when he went on to the base, and that's how the explosives got through. it seems at this point that this may have been an intelligence gathering operation that went wrong and the informant dressed in military uniform as we think he was may have actually have been posing as somebody who was bringing information to the c.i.a. when in fact he was an insurgent. >> adam, oversea agent operatives work with a certain level of risk and they work in close quarters with afghans. that's part of the strategy going forward. is this likely to change anything, do you think? >> it's a very serious blow for the c.i.a. a lot of experience, a lot of wisdom have vanished with those lives today in the blast. c.i.a. operations in af
.m. in washington where intelligent chiefs will this morning begin to make amends after stinging criticism from president obama that they failed to stop last month's attempted to bomb an american airliner. the director of national intelligence dennis blair says the intelligence community had to boost efforts to prevent new mr. obama had earlier told senior officials that the failure to anticipate the attack was a screw up. from washington, -- >> after learning what his intelligence team knew about the christmas a bomb plot and when they knew it, president obama was clearly not happy. >> u.s. government has sufficient information to have uncovered the plot and potentially disrupt the christmas day attack. some of our intelligence community failed to connect those doctors, which would have placed the suspect on the no-fly list. >> farouk of -- oman for root abdulmutallab was put on a bird did -- different watch lists. he was able to board of this plane carrying hidden explosives. >> it is increasingly clear that intelligence was not fully analyzed or fully leverage. that i not acceptable and i wi
washington, meeting condoleezza rice and other members of the bush administration. by the time he returned, he believed war was justified. on march 17, he gave his authority for war, reporting his conclusion to the cabinet, but there was no cabinet discussion. >> i recall telling the cabinet there is another point of view and this is the conclusion i have reached, and then the discussion on the legality simply stopped. >> what of the media reports that it was pressure from tony blair that forced lord goldsmith to change his mind on the war? >> it was alleged that you were pinned to the wall, who allegedly had performed a pincer movement on you and told you what belair wanted. would you like to comment on that? >> absolutely complete and utter nonsense. >> it was hours of discussion about the wording of the u.n. resolution which lord goldsmith became convinced after the full legal justification for innovation. >>> in nigeria, the senate and cabinet are at loggerheads over the future of the president. he has been out of the country two months, receiving medical treatment and saudi arabia. ca
to the united nations. >> but then it changed. in mid-february 2003, lord goldsmith and visited washington. in that condoleezza rice and other members of the bush administration. -- he met condoleezza rice. when he returned, he thought war could be justified. march 70, he gave his authority for war. -- march 17, he gave his authority for war. >> i do recall telling cabinet, well, there is another point of view. this is the conclusion i have reached. then the discussion on the legality simply stopped. >> the media reports it was pressure from people close to tony blair that forced lord goldsmith to change his mind and the war. >> it was alleged you had been more or less pended to the wall in the downing street showdown -- pinned to the wall in that the downing street showdown. a pincer movement had been done on you and you were told what blair wanted. you have a comment? >> absolute and complete and utter nonsense. >> hours of discussion about the wording of the un resolution. for goldsmith became convinced of the full legal justification of the invasion. at the iraq inquiry, bbc news. >> i
's go back to washington. this is the scene live in the grand foyer. our main story, that president obama is meeting with top intelligence and security officials. we expect the president to speak in the next few moments. as we wait for him to leave that meeting and speak to the assembled media, let's speak to philip thomas. he has been away for 11 days in hawaii, and as well as the obvious security measures we think he will be announcing today, something of a damage limitation exercise politically for him. >> he wants to be in control, chris, firm, and share some of the outrage that america is feeling and show that he acknowledges the national sense of shock out there. there has been a great deal of criticism over the fact that after christmas day -- it seemed to take a few days for the white house to get its message together. he will be announcing policy changes, and we are hearing a bit of that already, with the decision for example not to repatriate yen many criminals -- yemeni criminals. >> is anybody in the firing line for the mistakes that have been made? >> i think people wil
talking about is about a political comeback. >> standing room only at the launch party for washington's new right were leaning -- right word leaning website, the daily call. >> it is fundamentally an adventure. >> you can feel the energynd a sense that after a year of president obama that political fortunes are fluid again. [unintelligible] this is a who's who of the american rights. so what did the republicans stand for? >> the republican party as the party -- is the party of [unintelligible] it is a heavily white party. and it is an older political party. you see from the last presidential election, president obama did well with latino voters, black young voters. republicans did well with everyone else. >> from drinking too thinking. how did they reach out? we convened our run panel of up- and-coming republicans at this institution. >> there is a disconnect. we need to bring everyone together. we need everyone to see what our party does. >> i think the biggest concession is that the republicans are the party of old white men. we need to change the face of that theory focusing on the
was fedt said no more businesss usual in washington, d.c. op this on savoring process call health care reform. >> the voters were not ane. the discontent is reflecd a round of the u.s. 53% now approve of the way the esident is doing the job. that is down 15 points from a year ago. 52% think that the country is on the wrong track. the plan to give americans health care is a mey business. it is not clear what it means for average ericans. 51% are opsed to the changes, 44% are in favor. unemoyment has been high and the recovery h been painfully ow. only 60%pprove ofis handling of the onomy. in bton, there were those that ted f obama for psent and then sehat went republican yesterday. >> iwas not st obama, it wa sending a message. enough is ough. tryg to push this health care an through, do you know anythingbout it? >> if we voted for health care the wa iis, it would cost us aot more moy. >> the prident has said that health care will note rammed throh. other presidents have been in some situations d stormed back when the economy recovered >> day of new terror but alo some more hopeful gns.
back $100 billion from america's financial center. >> it is midday in london, 7:00 a.m. in washington, and a second day of searching for survivors began in port-au-prince. haiti's president has talked about 50,000 people have been lost their lives. this is the scene from port-au- prince. a temporary camp has been set up on a soccer field by displaced people. more aid flights are expected to arrive. the red cross says up to 3 million people may need humanitarian help. from the capital, port-au- prince, here is matthew price. >> this is the momen when the earthquake hit, a moment when the city held its breath, a moment that destroyed so many lives. in places, there's barely anything left of the city. so far, the people are largely having to cope on their own. for some people, the only hope is to dig with their bare hands. as with every earthquake, this is a race against time. large parts of this country are inaccessible at the best of times, and so it is proving very difficult to get accurate figures on how many have been injured, and how many have been killed by this massive earthquake
with president bush in washington on the 31st of january, 2003. was your main objective at that meeting to convince the president, that just as you convinced him that it was important to go through the u.n. to get through the first resolution now it is necessary to get a second resolution? >> yes, the second resolution was obviously going to make life a lot easier politically in every respect. the difficulty was this. 1441 had been very clear. i know you have gone through this enormous detail with peter goldsmith, but just to emphasize the point -- it was a very strong resolution. it declared iraq was in terial breach. it said that it had fully and unconditionally and immediately to cooperate and cooperate with the inspectors, and so on. and it was a strong resolution. it specifically mentioned previous resolution 678, 687, and so on. but, as you heard, the truth is, there was an unresolved issue because some people, some countries obviously, wanted to come back and only have a decision for action with a specific u.n. resolution specifically mandating that action. we took the view that
.m. in washington. china is rejecting a call from the u.s. secretary of state. following a threat from the search engine google. authorities are accusing mrs. clinton on what they are describing as information imperial ix. jo we look to the chinese authorities to conduct a thorough debut that led google to make its announcement countries that rtrict free access risk walling themselves off from the progress of the next century. >> we are seeing this warning from china like saying back off. the response from the chinese the roundless ack useation can harm the u.s. formulation. the u.s. is open here and it wants good formulation. expressing comments and support when it comes to attacks on china. certainlyly it was known but a very set piece. china was one of the few countries singled out for controlling information on the internet. china responding, trying to say back off and leave this round alone and not make this into a bigger thing than it is at the minute. i think she's referring to a particular route there was a particular point that shows referring to in her speech jo trying to limit pornogra
admits using steroids during his record- breaking season. is 7:00 a.m. in washington, midday in london, may day in tehran. the mysterious assassination of the leading iranian scientist threatens to complicate relations between the international community and iran. they have accused america and israel of being behind the bomb blast. they also claim that revolutionary groups are involved in the assassination. our to run correspondent joins us here in the studio. -- tehran correspondent joins us in the studio. >> this is a very murky story. it ems there was a bomb explosion in which this scientist died. the first reports were that he was a nuclear scientist. he worked at tehran university. the authorities for very quick to give details and blame the zionists. including western powers. but it has not become clearer since then. i just spoke to someone recently who stated he was not a nuclear physicist and that he came from a different branch of the physics and it was very not likely to be involved in the nuclear program. he may have been a supporter of the opposition. frankly, that is not h
, santiago. >> a year ago this week, barack obama entered washington in style, arriving by train on his journey. huge crowds gathered along the route to cheer on their new president, but as he deals with the gritty realities of presidency, we've retraced the whistle-stop tour to discover what the voters thought in baltimore. >> one year ago, they came out in their tens of thousands to see their man on his way to the white house. >> thousands of baltimorians braved temperatures that were just beyond frigid, stood for hours to get a glimpse of this african-american man that was achieving the great american dream. autopsy sexaw as i prepare to leave for washington on a trip that you made possible -- >> baltimore buzzed for days prior and for weeks after. >> i know that i will not be traveling alone. i'll be taking you with me. >> one year on, are the people still with their president? do the voters of baltimore, a largely black and democratic city, feel the same enthusiasm about the man they helped elect? >> we want to ask you, a year later, how do you think barack obama is doing? >> i'm
address. what can he do to meet the approval ofthe american public i askeour corresponnt in washington. >> the last democratic president bill clinton sai it was all about the econy. he needs to shodonight, ke, that he feels th pain of those sing their jobs. how will he it? we brought together experts to have watched dozens of these occasions betweenou. patrick, first -- what you think willee tonight? >> i think obama's choice is beeen being thebama of 2009 to play t the basef his party,eryiberal, printing mone and this is on health care,eform -- so-call -- compared to the candidate of 20 who was attending tbe somethi for everyon mor moderate in hi langue and prescriptions. at the he will oose to go back be the new old obama of 2008, appeal to middle americ independent vors. that is those pele in the majori of the coury who have focused on jobs and the economy and housing. >> michael do you agree tt he may ha to get ay from the base? >> i think thats right. adding there was a fundamental misreading of the last election -- i think that was right. i thinkthere was a fundamental mieading
up, we're expecting to hear from president obama in washington about his concern that america's intelligence agencies failed to make use of information they had to stop the detroit bomb plotters, boarding better. on for the united states on christmas day. also, they fell to join the dots, as sources put it, over the fort hood shootings. the national security adviser has said many americans will be shocked by the findings of the white house report. that is coming up. thank you for being with us. >> funding was made possible by the freeman foundation of new york, stowe, vermont, and honolulu. the newman's own foundation. the john d. and catherine t. macarthur foundation. and union bank. >> union bank has put its financial strength to work for a wide range of companies from small businesses to major corporations. what can we do for you? >> i'm julia stiles. >> i'm kevin bacon. >> i'm kim cattrall. >> hi, i'm ken burns. >> i'm lili taylor. >> i'm henry louis gates, jr., and public broadcasting is my source for news about the world. >> for intelligent conversation. >> for election
in haiti. as technology evolves, so ways of telling stories. bbc news, washington. >> do not forget any time you want it, you can get a minute by minute update on haiti and all the international news at our website, bbc.com. the reuters news agency is putting the president as saying earthquake victims of already been buried in a common grave. thank you for being with us. >> funding was made possible by the freeman foundation of new york, stowe, vermont, and honolulu. the newman's own foundation. the john d. and catherine t. macarthur foundation. and union bank. >> union bank has put its financial strength to work for a small businesses to major corporations. what can we do for you? >> i'm julia stiles. >> i'm kevin bacon. >> i'm kim cattrall. >> hi, i'm ken burns. >> i'm lili taylor. >> i'm henry louis gates, jr., and public broadcasting is my source for news about the world. >> for intelligent conversation. >> for election coverage you can count on. >> for conversations beyond the sound bites. >> for deciding who to vote for. >> i'm kerry washington, and public broadcasting is my sourc
to obama yet. bbc news, washington. >> it looks as though there may be real evidence of the republican resurgence in massachusetts, people voting to fill the senate seat now made vacant from the death of senator kennedy. martha coakley and scott brown, the race is unexpectedly too close to call. if it goes to brown, the democrats will lose their filibuster proof 60-seat majority in the senate. now, do you have a sense havemalaise when it comes -- do you have a sense of malaise when it comes to making bernaise? >> in the heart of rome, you cannot get any more italian than that. how about a spaghetti bolognese? that should not be too difficult, should it? actually, it is. top chefs say that people are rarely served it a good bolognese sause, which includes bacon, tomatoes, carrots, onions, celery, herbs, garlic -- a good bolognese sauce. there is also white wine and milk. also, it should not be served with the spaghetti, but italian deli -- but tagliatelle. >> we would like to see it done in the proper way. >> they say it is now time to defend its reputation. and here is, the quintessent
had hoped that in the best interest of our state and the country to go to washington to address these issues. >> the political atmosphere is very different from that one day -- from that day one year ago. the message of hope seems to be losing its luster. president obama has found it difficult to reconnect to the americans that backed him in the campaign. voters seem to have become disillusioned as their slogan of yes, we can, seems to have become no, we cannot. the president has missed his own deadline for closing guantanamo bay. as promised he has ramped up the war in afghanistan, but that is -- n popular with his political base and it is too soon to see any results. * four people in america are still pretty hard, -- times for people in america are still pretty hard. then there is what president obama just found out from the peace -- from the people in massachusetts, in tough times the people doing -- blame the people in power. >> joining me in the studio is our abc news correspondent. why did the people turn against obama? >> that is -- a key question, is this a statement abo
. first from washington, james, who covered hurricane katrina. >> i drove into new orleans a couple of days after hurricane katrina had struck and the levees have broken. once you took in the scale of the flooding and the devastation, you had the sense that this was america's superpower, it did not seem to be able to coordinate things for something like this. there was also the question of looting, law-and-order breaking down. new marlins -- new orleans has always had a crime problem. you have military coming in, members of the national guard and armed forces. they were drafted and it felt very much like a war zone at times, quite eerie, no lights and military figures walking around. >> it was five weeks after hurricane katrina that the earthquake struck in pakistan's northern areas. it was on a saturday a little before nine in the morning. our team was one of the first to get on the ground and view the magnitude of that earthquake. when we got there, we saw schools destroyed, lots of children trapped under buildings. parents were screaming for help but not being able to do anything
.m. in washington, midday in london, for what 30 in afghanistan. -- 4:30 in afghanistan. there has been a softening of attitudes toward foreign troops there. the poll shows that 70% of people think that things are going in the right direction. our correspondent is in the third largest city in afghanistan. >> teaming, cultural, a kaleidoscope. been sanctioned, -- it is on an ancient crossroads. you can feel the centuries. you can feel something else as well, the gradual return of confidence. many afghans say that security, economic prospects, and faith in the future have all gotten better in the past 12 months. this was in keeping with our bbc nationwide poll. look at what has happened to the standing of nato forces. last year 36% of afghans blame them for the violence. now 42% of afghans blame the taliban and only 17% blame the afghan government. they are also much more confident about their economic prospects. 41% say they think they're good, compared to 29% last year. 60% of them say that they are better off now than under the taliban. afghans are still very worried about corruption. 95% said tha
to the presidential election in sri lanka is scarred by violence. >> it is 7:00 a.m. in washington, and two o'clock p.m. in beirut, where rescue workers are losing hope. the airplane disappeared from radar from beirut to addis- ababa. 90 people were on board. i witnesses described it as coming down in a ball of fire. >> minutes after it took off in beirut, the airplane crashed into the sea. it was carrying more than 90 people. >> we saw a flash in the sky. we are working here. >> we saw a flash in the sky. we saw the plane >> falling. falling. >> we came out here and saw the airplane crashed into the sea. >> the rescuers are trying to determine if there are any survivors. >> it is a big tragedy for lebanon. we are working with all of the minister's, with all the resources that we have, to try to find the missing people from this flight. >> most passengers on board were lebanese. officials say there were two british citizens, a french, and a canadian among them. there were also small children on board. is not clear what caused the crash. >> we lost contact at 2:37 a.m., shortly after takeoff. after we
into growth, but only just. it is 7:00 a.m. in washington, mid day here in london and 5:30 p.m. in the afternoon in sri lanka where polls have closed in the first peacetime election in decades following e defeat of the tamil tiger rebels last year. the main candidates are the correct leader and a former army commander. hours before polling booths opened people in the northern city reported hearing up to four explosions. it report now on what the man who prosecuted the war e offering the country now at peace. >> sri lanka is at a turning point. the country's first peacetime presidential election in nearly 30 years. after decades of civil war and a bitter election campaign, a strong message from voters is desire for peace and development. >> well, we must have -- good governance in this country. there should be opportunities, development, particularly getting employment. >> this election, we want to be a good roller as we come in for the country. the country has to be developed now the war is over. >> the big question is which candidate is going to diver. the incumbent, preside
in washington. obama is telling intelligence agencies to recognize serious terrorist threats. >> this is the man charged with attempting to blow up the flight. he is 23 years old and facing a life behind bars. he was arrested on this airplane after allegedly trying to bw it up. explosives were sewn into his clothing. at the airports across the u.s. and the world, security has been made tighter. more sophisticated body scanners should be put -- will be put in place and americans are calling for a review of the airport security. >> we must accelerate advanced imaging so we can detect explosives like the one that was used on christmas day. we have 40 machines throughout the united states and in 2010 we will deploy 300 more of them. we may deploy more than that. >> enhanced security is one part of the answer but changes will have to be made with how the u.s. handles their intelligence. >> americans have grown used to the idea that the battle against al qaeda and the associates are taking place overseas. but what happened in this aiort was a reminder that as far as the enemy is concerned, america is
>> it is midday in london, 7:00 a.m. in washington, where passengers arriving on flights into the united states face much tougher security measures. all travelers from 14 countries deemed a security risk can expect full body searches. this is one week after a failed attempt to blow up an american airliner. >> the extra security measures are targeted and highly visible. all passengers that fly from countries considered to pose a threat to the u.s. will be given full body pat downs, and ham luggage will be searched. four of those countries are on the list of sponsors of terrorism. three others are deemed to be of interest. they include cuba, nigeria, sudan, yemen, iran, syria, and pakistan. the white house has come under intense pressure to improve airport security in the wake of the failed bomb plot on christmas day. >> it is not that the system is broken, but there are ways to improve the system to make sure we can put together the various pieces of information in a way that allows us to stop every terrorist. >> the nigerian national boarded a plane bound for detroit. the
in washington, midday in london, an5:30 p.m. in colombo. mahinda rajapaksa has been declared president for a second term. he won 58% of the bowed to his former army chief sarath fonseka's 40%. in the last hour, mr. sarath fonseka has said he will now start legal proceedings to have the results of an old. the presence of troops outside his hotel, the general says, will not allow him to leave. >> celebrations by supporters of president mahinda rajapaksa on the streets of colombo with the election commission declaring him back in office for a second term. this has been challenged by his rival. one of the supporters of the president made it clear why he got his vote. >> sri lanka had six presidents, but mahinda rajapaksa is the only president who stood up to the world community. a very different scene at the hotel where sarath fonseka was staying with other opposition leaders. as the boats were still being counted, troops surrounded the hotel -- as the votes were still being counted, troops surrounded the hotel. opposition politicians said they were very alarmed. >> we would not want to re
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to speak to the bbc from hospital. welcome to bbc. coming up later, tehran and washington trade bows over the killing of an iran in physicist. -- n/a ronnie and physicist. -- over the killing of an iranian physicist. hello to you, very glad to have you with us. let's update you on some breaking news just coming in from the caribbean nation of haiti. a tsunami warning has been issued after a major earthquake struck. but the ambassador to the united states has called it a catastrophe of major proportions. it measured seven or 7.3, centered near the capital, port- au-prince, and followed by two large aftershocks. reports speak of a hospital collapsing and a number of houses destroyed. a local tsunami warning for haiti, cuba, the bahamas, and the dominican republic. we will get more on that as soon as we can. i think we now have our correspondent at davis on the line from jamaica. >> it seems -- nick davis on the line from jamaica. the >> it seems that it is measured on the richter scale over seven. people are saying that houses toppled, the quake lasted for over a minute. now people are tryi
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-minute silence. >> in new york the un security council will mark the scale of this tragedy. while in washington president obama mobilized search and rescue searches -- search and rescue services. >> with a few hundred miles of ocean between us, haitians are our neighbors in the americas and here at home. we have to be there for them in their hour of need. >> this was the worst earthquake to hit this nation into hundred years, and it is a country that has suffered in its history. four major tropical storms in 2008, civil strife and political turmoil have helped to make it the poorest country in the western hemisphere. it is hard to get a clear picture of the casualty is. much of the country is cut off. it needs help now. at the price, bbc news. >> as matthews said, the un headquarters is among those piles of rubble. the emergency relief coordinator is in our new york studio. give us a picture as you understand it what is happening in haiti? >> it is a very dramatic situation. the devastation is extremely large. we don't have any figures for casualties, but we assume they will be considerable. on
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